Silent Model-1 Gun

Country producer England
Caliber (mm) 7.65
Year 1940
Fire Modes Single
Source image
Cartridge 7.65×17
Barrel Length (mm) 114
Status Discontinued
Silent firearms have always been a subject of increased interest, especially if it is not just a common pistol model with a silent firing device installed on it, but a completely silent weapon that does not give out an arrow either with the noise of the shutter movement, with the sound of a bullet flying, or the sound of powder gases escaping from the barrel. In other words, completely from start to finish, the weapon is silent and designed purely for silent shooting. A lot of tales and misconceptions are always associated with such weapons, and if you listen to the conversations of people, then almost everyone uses it. But let’s not talk about it now, but try to figure out the reasons for creating such a weapon, or rather, its rapid development in the mid-twentieth century. Well, of course, everything will not be limited to bare arguments, an example that will help to understand this issue will be the English silent Model-1 pistol with a rather interesting design, but not very convenient when operating the gun.
However, in addition to eliminating the sound created by the powder gases, there remained the sound of the operation of the mechanisms of weapons, in particular, which was formed when the shutter moved, which could give an arrow at short distances. In order to create equipment and weapons for sabotage units, the command of the armed forces of Great Britain decided to create a special development department. Having received the name “Division 9”, this experimental design bureau brought together the best scientists and designers, who have accounted for more than a dozen interesting developments, some of which went into mass production, and some became the basis for other more advanced products. One of these developments was the completely silent Model-1 pistol using standard Browning cartridges of 7.65×17 millimeters.
The Model-1 pistol did not go into mass production, since all the above disadvantages could not get along in weapons, which primarily required ease of handling. Although the task of creating a completely silent sample was carried out from and to, the gun had very inconvenient transportation, had considerable weight and was simply uncomfortable when shooting. However, to say that the creation of these weapons was a waste of time and money is by no means impossible. Since, for example, the silent-firing device developed for this weapon was used in the silent Welrod pistol, which was the next version of the silent weapon from the 9th Division and was in service with the British Army until the early 90s. Even an unsuccessful implementation of a descent in a pistol can also be considered useful, since it has shown that an unusual weapon should be unusual just as much as required and folk art is not necessary in it.